Volkswagen is building on their new car onslaught from last year by announcing four new cars that will be introduced this year. For 2018, Volkswagen will launch one hot hatchback, one sedan and two crossovers.
With the release of several teasers in the span of one week, the Volkswagen Jetta is slated to make its global reveal during the 2018 North American International Auto Show. The seventh-generation model will ride on the latest MQB platform, which underpins a number of front-wheel drive Volkswagen Auto Group products. The all-new C-Segment sedans will come with a host of new technologies, such as the Audi-inspired Digital Cockpit and hybrid versions. Based on the sketches, the styling change is evolutionary and expect a range of 1.5 TSI turbo gas engines, as well as TDI models.
Unveiled as a thinly veiled concept in 2017, the Up! A-segment hatchback gains a high-performance GTI variant. Volkswagen has released engine and performance details for the production model, which is slated to be launched during the first quarter of the year. The Up! GTI is powered by a turbocharged 1.0-liter, turbocharged three-cylinder engine. It then produces 115 PS and 250 Nm of torque plus, it shifts via a six-speed manual transmission.
Volkswagen launched two crossovers last year with the compact T-Roc and the large, seven seat Atlas. This year, they will be introducing the T-Cross and the all-new Touareg. The T-Cross will slot below the recently unveiled T-Roc as the brand adds another model to their B-segment crossover range. Volkswagen did say that it will not be a convertible, unlike the concept from 2016. Engine specifications have yet to be announced by the company.
At the opposite end of the crossover spectrum is the all-new Touareg. The company says that the design will stay faithful to the T-Prime GTE concept from 2016. In terms of size, it is smaller than the Atlas but its positioning will be more upmarket than its seven-seat cousin. Spy shots of the car revealed an Arteon-like front fascia and, given Volkswagen's commitment to electrification, expect it to come with plug-in hybrid technology.